Pompeii Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake

Years ago when my son was still quite small, I bought Green & Black’s recipe book to make him a birthday cake. You know how every good recipe book gets stained and damaged, this book is a total mess. The recipes are glorious.

By far the favourite is for the mousse cake, it is soo good and even better it’s gluten free.

1 tablespoon ground almonds, plus extra for dusting the tin

300g (10½ oz) good quality dark chocolate min 60% cocoa solids

275g (10oz) caster sugar

pinch of sea salt

5 large eggs

icing sugar or gold dust

Use a 20cm or 23cm (8in or 9in) tin with removable base.

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Brush the inside of the tin with melted butter and dust with ground almonds, give it a good shake round to coat the tin then shake off the excess.

Melt the chocolate, sugar, butter and salt together in a bowl over gently simmering water. Then remove from the heat and allow to cool a little as you prepare the eggs.

Whisk the eggs with the spoon of ground almonds until thick then fold gently into the chocolate mixture. You will feel the whole mixture thicken as you stir, then pour into the cake tin.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Allow to cool then dust either icing sugar, or as we do, go to Margie’s and buy some edible gold dust, this cake is worth it!

This cake is lovely on the day, but if kept in the fridge overnight it becomes dense, fudgey and wicked!



Beurre de Paris one of our favourite additions

When we were looking for ideas for our menu, we like most people these days took to Google. Typing the best steakhouses led us to the Café de Paris in Geneva, created by Freddy Dumont in 1941 this herb/spice butter was an instant success. So we just had to experiment.

Beurre de Paris recipe

We freeze our butter, then send it to table to melt onto the steak as it cooks. Delicious. Trouble is when guests ask for the recipe its too long to remember. So just for you this link will give you the recipe we follow. Enjoy x

Christmas is Coming

We had a visitor last evening the wonderful Carl Fitton brought another of his limited edition prints to display what nicer Christmas present than work by a local artist.


Carl Fitton         Carl

Another great Christmas idea is of course a gift voucher for a meal here. Call by any evening we have many in stock. Alternatively ring I can take card payments by phone and I’ll post the voucher to any address you wish. See Christmas sorted



remember remember the 5th of november



It’s bonfire night, and time to celebrate burning a man on a bonfire!!!!! I love bonfire night, even if the original cause is pretty gruesome. There is something so primeval and satisfying about fire and fireworks. What better way to celebrate the beginning of the dark nights than by lighting them up with friends and family. Followed of course by a really good steak  (had to say that 🙂 ).

We have a great view every year of the Bitts Park fireworks, and the amazing sight of so many people, families and friends walking to the show. But tonight is the official night, so have fun people. Be careful and look after your pets.